Delaware Archives to hold Preservation Workshop Jan. 4

Free to the public
Sarah Denison and Mike Mahaffie stand among some of the materials they will be discussing at the Preservation Workshop to be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover. SOURCE SUBMITTED
December 23, 2013

The Delaware Public Archives will show how to preserve items such as old photographs, documents and digitized memories on CDs, DVDs, and flash drives at a workshop beginning at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 4. This workshop will provide the knowledge needed to care for and preserve those irreplaceable memories.

Presented by the staff of the DPA and the Delaware Government Information Center, the event will include basic information and instruction on proper handling and storage of family papers, photographs and digital media to ensure long-term preservation.

Archives staff member Sarah Denison will present information on the conservation and preservation of paper documents and photographs. Denison has processed a number of collections including Civil War letters in the Small Manuscript Collection, Board of Education photographs, Sussex County Orphans Court Records, and the Caley Postcard Collection. She has most recently completed the processing and cataloguing of the Vietnam Mailbag Collection.

Mike Mahaffie, GIC deputy director, will address what is needed to save digital memories. Highlighting his discussion will be a quick history of ways people have been saving digital records, things to do to determine what is important, what is needed to maintain digital moments as technology changes, and the various ways available to save what’s important based on cost and longevity.

The workshop is free to the public. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers, 302-744-5047 or email

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The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday to Friday. The research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. the second Saturday of every month.